When to Pinch in Hockey
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12-12-2010, 02:31 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
In my experience in beer league and "scrub" aka "pickup" hockey I usually try to pinch only if I think I have a very good chance of beating the opposing player to the puck.
I make an exception if I am playing with against a team/group that has players that are slower than myself (becoming a more rare experience), and/or I have some quick moving and thinking forward who I know will attempt to cover me (even rarer). Also will take more risks if playing in the last couple minutes of a game where we are losing by just a goal or two.
If I am playing close enough attention and see the other defenceman is pinching, I will usually skate back a bit behind the blue line in case he loses the race for the puck with the opposing forward.
The best defencemen I see out there are not necessarily the speedier younger guys but some of the older guys who know their limitations, play good positional hockey, and make less risky plays.
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